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Application Instructions

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Components of the application

The following are required for all degree applications to The Lynch School of Education.  Comprehensive details on each requirement are listed below:

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Application Form
The application form is available to fill out online.  Upon submitting your form, you should receive an email providing your BC Credentials (username and Eagle ID), which you can use to view your application status.

*There is an additional application form to fill out if you are applying to the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps (UCTC).

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted.  Applicants have two payment options:

  • Pay by credit or debit card, via the web.  Once you complete your application online, you will have the opportunity to submit payment.  Please folllow the onscreen instructions. 
  • Pay by check or money order (made payable to Boston College), via regular mail. If you are applying online, please print a copy of your confirmation page and send your check/money order with the confirmation page to:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Campion Hall 135
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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Personal Statement
The statement of purpose, usually three pages in length, describes your academic and professional goals and any experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills as you describe your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.  Please be sure that your full name and intended program are included on the pages of your personal statement.

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Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Resumes are required for doctoral and Master's applicants.  In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, it is helpful to the admissions committee if you include the following information on your resume:

  • any teaching or counseling license you currently hold
  • if you posses language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills)
  • any research experience or publications

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Writing Samples
Doctoral applicants are asked to submit one piece of work that demonstrates their writing ability. This writing sample may be an academic term paper, a published work in which you are the primary author, a training manual or curriculum that you have created, a clinical case formulation, or another representative sample of your writing.

Master's applicants are not required to submit a separate writing sample.

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Letters of Recommendation
We require letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically.

  • 3 letters of recommendation are required of doctoral applicants, with at least two from academic sources (professors familiar with your academic work) and one or more from a practical or applied setting
  • 2 letters of recommendation are required of Master's applicants. These should be from academic sources. Master's applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors
  • When you register your recommenders in the application system, they will immediately receive an email with the link to the electronic reference form, so you should contact your references before registering them.
  • References will have the option to upload a supporting letter in Word or PDF format.
  • If you would like your references to receive the electronic form before you have completed the online application, you may go directly to the “Recommendations” button or link of the application and register your references before filling out the rest of the form.
  • You can log back into your application to check which letters have been received and send reminder emails.

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Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar, are required for all previous post-secondary education. Certified copies are acceptable, but photocopies are not.  We only require one copy of each transcript.

Students who file applications prior to the completion of their undergraduate work must subsequently send a final transcript, showing all coursework, degree granted, and date of degree to the Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services in Campion Hall 135.  This is necessary for final confirmation of an offer of admission to the Lynch School.  You should arrange to have this final transcript sent to the above address as soon as you have completed your present course of study, and prior to enrollment.  Your offer of admission could be rescinded if we do not receive an official copy of this transcript before the beginning of your first term.

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Standardized Admission Tests
A Standardized Admission Test is required of all degree applicants.  Official test scores must come directly from the testing agency.  Applicants should make arrangements to register for admissions tests well in advance of application deadlines to assure that the test results will arrive in time. All test results must be received on or before the application deadline.

Please note:  The Standardized Admission Test requirement is waived for applicants to our Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership (PSAP Program).  This requirement is not waived for any of our other programs.

The GRE General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic Writing) is required for:

  • All Ph.D. applicants
  • All applicants to the Master's programs in Counseling Psychology
  • All applicants to the Master's programs in Secondary Education for Mathematics or the Sciences
  • The Lynch School's GRE Code is 3218
  • A note about the GRE:  Educational Testing Services (ETS) will report your scores to our office within 10-15 days, please plan accordingly.  For more information, test dates and sites visit the ETS website or call ETS at 609-921-9000.

Applicants to all other master's programs are required to submit GRE General Test scores or scores from one of the following standardized admission tests:

  • Miller Analogy Test  (the Lynch School's code is 1194)
  • LSAT
  • GMAT

We do not accept the MTEL, Praxis, or other teaching licensure tests during the admission process.  These tests do not satisfy the standardized admission test requirement. 

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